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Tour De Chequamegon Bikepacking Route
The Valhalla Beach Party is a fatbike-designed bikepacking route that winds through a mixed collection of gravel, dirt, and sand in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. It is named after the Valhalla Recreational Area, sand, and swimming spots along the route.

Route & Photos By: Dave Schlabowske



80 Miles​


2 Days

% Unpaved



4,405 ft


​Fat bike recommended, but you could take your chances on mountain or gravel tires (50mm+) as well.

Riding a fatbike loaded with a tent and swimsuit is a fine way to explore The Northwoods. Both the summer heat and fall colors will lure you into this collection of waterfalls, lakes, and mixed trails. Starting and ending at the Valhalla View Pub & Grub, this route name pays homage to the Valhalla Recreational Area and all the sand and swimming spots along the route.

The perfect details for and end-to-end fatbike adventure have all been carefully scouted by Dave Schlabowske of Seeley, Wisconsin. Here you'll find a collage of insider tips on hidden waterfalls and where to get locally smoked fish. While wandering through off-grid trails, you'll never be far from incredible swimming as well as up-north townie vibes.

​Route Note*: This route was designed specifically for fat bikes. It passes through very sandy sections of ATV trails which may be unrideable without fat tires. These sections can also be rerouted or walked if you're on wider gravel (50mm+) or mountain tires. If you're exploring the waterfalls, these add sections mixed with rooty single track and planked elevated paths.

If You Go, Here's What You Need to Know:


1. Camp on Lake Superior in Herbster and fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping on the sand. These spots get reserved early so make plans well ahead of time.

2. Plan on swimming because this route weaves in and around lakes and waterfalls for the entire distance. Several of them are at the end of fun rooty trails. Take your time and enjoy our wild waterways.

3. Quarry Beach outside of Port Wing has decadent sand, rocks, and one of the prettiest views of Lake Superior.

4. Hit the Tap Shack or Delta Diner on your drive up. These two spots are worth the drive on their own. The Diner is world famous for their breakfast and the Tap Shack is a perfect Friday night stop for smoked ribs and reggae.

5. Locally smoked fish can be purchased at Johnson's Store in Port Wing or at Halvorson Fisheries in Cornucopia.

Where to Camp

Food & Water

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Valhalla Beach Party Bikepacking Route Map:

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Dave Schlabowske lives in Seeley, Wisconsin with his wife Liz and dog Cowboy. He is known for his bikepacking routes, unique cycling events, and work for the Wisconsin Bike Fed. To learn more about Dave, visit his website Life Above Eight.